“I think he has had 31 shots on goal since the start of the season and with his finishing qualities that should allow him five to six goals”.
“Unlike Villa and Stoke, if Arsenal go 2-0 up I can’t see them dropping it”.
With Leicester riding high, a win at the KP Stadium would be a significant statement of intent. “It is fantastic. I love it”, said Ranieri.
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“I’m going with Arsenal here, but only just“, he added. That could necessitate Wenger shifting Aaron Ramsey deep into midfield alongside Mikel Arteta, with Santi Cazorla returning temporarily to the flanks.
Mahrez tormented Arsenal in the match between these two teams at the Emirates Stadium last season and has carried that sparkling form into 2015/16. His opponents here have speed too, but Arsenal will probably dominate the ball during this game.
Theo Walcott, meantime, scored in Arsenal’s home win against Leicester last season and has netted twice in his last three matches; the England forward is a tempting anytime goalscorer option for the visitors while four goal Jamie Vardy tempts for the hosts in the same market.
Ranieri is set to have to do without winger Nathan Dyer on Saturday, while Arsenal will be missing Francis Coquelin.
Tottenham are expected to welcome back a number of rested players for Saturday’s clash at home to Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Nevertheless, we can acknowledge that we need to improve or else we could face the same reported fate as Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, so below, Sports Mole makes another six selections for week seven of the Premier League that will hopefully bring you a few points. You give more, 110 per cent.
The 63-year-old chuckled at the suggestion before acknowledging his own poor record against Wenger’s Gunners. “We responded well to the challenge we faced, mentally and physically”, he said. “Personally I am happy because I scored two goals”. But afterwards we found resources to score a second. They lost a London derby [against Chelsea] and then won a London derby [against Tottenham].